Me for one, spent my teens in the 70's, 80's and 90's enjoying music of Bob, Motown, Soul Train and yep... Michael Jackson.. Hell yeah !!! I got the Off the wall, Thriller, and Bad albums. However, I won't lie... After the first molestation case, I guess the whole world had their assumptions that MJ could have been setup because he was famous, sensitive, "pure and wholesome" and he had the whole world by the balls. Over the years more cases emerged, and then doubts about the man, opps.. I mean the weirdo started to emerge... He had a couple of flops with his recent albums, and basically he lost his popularity..
When the news emerged that MJ was moving to Bahrain as a guest, and in light of all those "pending" child molestation court-cases against him, plus the fact that he had settled out of court on more than one occasion; The million dollar question remained.. Could MJ ever regain his popularity ever again.. The media played a big role with snippets of news that the Governor Sh. Abdulla bin Hamed Al-Khalifa had cut a deal with MJ, there was news about Two Seas Productions, and a record for the Katrina victims and an upcoming album.
The Al-Wasat Newspaper yesterday published a news article that the Governor is apparently suing MJ for $5 million for breach of contract, plus the cost of his stay (12 months) in the Kingdom. It will be very interesting to see how far this one goes and if MJ will honor his contract, or even show up for court.. I really hope that H.E. The Governor will be able to recuperate his losses, and maybe sign-up and invest in some prosperous and promising young local talent, and build on that.
Even more recently on ABC's "Insiders Edition", MJ was charging Japanese fans $1,000 a pop for a 30 second chat and picture, which the average conservative Japanese thought was pathetic. In addition fans had paid a substantial amount for a long awaited come-back concert, well guess what... He left them waiting for two hours, the organizers had no other option but to let the "wannabe bands" take the stage. When MJ showed up, he gave the crowd a 2 minute performance before leaving. Thats what you call value for money.
Reality is that MJ is currently is debt, his millions have been blown away through a lavish and pathetic life style, all he has left is probably his assets and his "Neverland Ranch". If he keeps doing what he has been doing, he won't last long. MJ won't be remembered for his hits and platinum albums, but for his life-style that has led to nothing. Sad but true...
I guess that's the way it is...
17/8/2007 Capt. Arab